The Uganda U19 Boy’s Cricket National team (Baby Cricket Cranes) have been flagged on Friday at National Council of Sports for the forthcoming ICC World Cup Africa Regional Qualifiers.
The team is expected to leave the country for Rwanda on Monday to take part in the qualifiers that are slated for September 28th to October 7th in Kigali.
The Baby Cricket Cranes will be aiming to be crown as champions in the 50-over format tournament as well as qualifying for the U19 World Cup in the West Indies.
Uganda has previously made it to two U19 World Cups in 2004 (Dhaka, Bangladesh) and 2006 (Colombo, Sri Lanka).
The Baby Cricket Cranes will lock horns with Nigeria, Namibia, Tanzania and hosts Rwanda in the five nation round robin event that will be held at Gahanga and Integrated Polytechnic Regional Centre in Kicukiro, Kigali.
26 players kick started training in April under the stewardship of Thawithemwira and Robinson Turinawe. The squad was then trimmed to 20 players and have spent the previous two weeks in a Bio Secure Bubble at Hawaii Resort in Entebbe.
Skipper Pascal Murungi, vice captain all rounder Ismail Munir and Juma Miyagi are the three survivors from the team that took part in 2019 edition that was held in Namibia.
The Baby Cricket Cranes will kick start their campaign against Namibia.
Traveling Contingent to Rwanda
Pascal Murungi (Captain), Juma Miyagi, Brian Asaba, Cyrus Kakuru, Ronald Omara, Ronald Lutaaya, Joseph Baguma, Christopher Kidega, Matthew Musinguzi, Ismail Munir (Vice-Captain), Ackram Nsubuga, Pius Oloka, Isaac Sanyu Ategeka.
Officials: Ivan Thawithemwira (Head Coach), Robinson Turinawe (Assistant Coach), Habib Kulusum Anguyo (Physiotherapist),Sylveser Rokani (Team Manager).
Thursday, September 30th: Uganda vs. Namibia – IPRC Kigali
Sunday, October 3rd: Uganda vs. Rwanda – Gahanga Stadium
Monday, October 4th: Uganda vs. Nigeria – Gahanga Stadium
October 6th: Uganda vsTanzania – IPRC Kigali